New book examines the human consequences of a globalised system in which an American smartphone is produced by a Taiwanese company using a mainland Chinese workforce
The popularity of this disjointed, bloated book, just released in English, is puzzling until it’s seen as a comment on the trauma of the Cultural Revolution.
Author Derek Sandhaus examines the country’s long history and present relationship with alcohol.
A Hong Kong academic goes inside China’s illegal prostitution industry, working at a bar in Dongguan, and listens as sex workers reveal their hopes, techniques, how some men humiliate them, and their pride at supporting their families.
Chatwin digs through the city’s 3,000-year history on a trek down Changan Jie, or Long Peace Street
In The Unpassing, evocative story about the arbitrariness of life in an unfamiliar place, San Francisco-based author Chia-Chia Lin creates a shadowy world, rich in imagery and atmosphere, seen through a child’s eyes.
Helen Zia’s Last Boat Out of China follows four real-life people who fled Shanghai as youngsters, but too much technical information burdens the narrative, while the personal details seem tame compared with the backdrop of war.
Jackie Chan writes candidly about his troubled past in his book, but leaves out some details of his life. His illegitimate daughter is never mentioned and her actress mother is not named.
Martial arts action star recounts his days of high living as well as challenges of parenthood and breaking into Hollywood on his own terms
The martial arts and film star tells of drinking binges, prostitutes and an affair. He admits to domestic violence such as throwing his son Jaycee across the room.
Untethered from the restrictions of his homeland, the Britain-based author, whose talks at Hong Kong literary festival were cancelled without explanation, draws a dystopic vision of China’s dark realities
The beloved broadcaster and actor brings the 19th-century Royal Navy ship and its crew to life as he relives the perilous expeditions it undertook, even if routine naval life did not always prove exciting
Heatstroke probably caused death of martial arts master after he had sweat glands surgically removed from armpits, author claims
What We Were Promised, Chinese American author’s cleverly plotted debut novel about a well-off couple’s life in the US and China, is full of twists, and insights into Chinese culture, and has an ending that reveals hidden truths.
Interspersed with interesting titbits, historian Stephen R. Platt’s book is an enjoyable read that aims to dispel the myths surrounding the combat
Xie Hong shows through the innocent eyes of a child how an unnamed but archetypal Chinese town is devastated by one of the worst catastrophes in China’s history, the Great Leap Forward
Author Billy Gallagher tells how CEO Evan Spiegel invented the social app while at Stanford University, then rejected Facebook’s multibillion-dollar acquisition offer in 2013, and recounts Snapchat’s rocky expansion to an IPO
British writer muses on everything from the gyrations of Michael Jackson to her car crash of a meeting with J.G. Ballard
The Man Booker Prize-winning English writer’s funny but sad book reveals the veteran novelist at the peak of his powers
American journalist and author had an instant hit with her 2005 novel We Need to Talk about Kevin but her latest work, The Standing Chandelier, is far from a literary gem
A fun romp brimming with anecdotes from the eccentric British billionaire’s extraordinary life
Porter Erisman sticks to the executive perspective in a book that’s veers from business into travelogue
Zhang explores juvenile sexuality and the way trauma is passed down the generations with a strong authorial voice undercut somewhat by a certain repetitiveness in content and themes
Kwan shows again that he can marshal a large cast of memorably egregious characters, and can conjure fashion and interior design on the page, although he spends a little too long getting things started this time
Award-winning Remains of Life, written without chapters or paragraphs, is a technically daunting account of a terrible event from Taiwan’s occupation that has taken 18 years to publish in English, and it’s not hard to see why
With its well-drawn Hong Kong and China locations and its unobtrusive symbolism, German writer’s book The Language of Solitude addresses unspoken depths in contemporary Chinese society
Dear Friend, From My Life I Write to You in Your Life explores the painful formation of a literary mind
Choo Waihong has a fascinating story to tell, of a tribe in China’s mountainous southwest where women are in charge but, unfortunately, this debut author’s abilities aren’t quite up to the challenge
Pouring economic investment into Asian nations through the ‘One Belt, One Road’ strategy is unlikely to give China the influence it craves, economic analyst Tom Miller explains in a new book
Zhang deserves praise for striving to bring to light the seedy demimonde of Shenzhen, the epitome of China’s breakneck transformation into an urban society. Her ambition though outstrips her execution